Great Spots to Take Your Kids to Play Outdoors in St. Louis

Kids sick of being stuck in the house? If you're looking for somewhere to take them without breaking the bank, all of these St. Louis spots are fun and free.

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Climb up Cahokia Mounds
For a bit of history, a little education and a great view of downtown St. Louis, climb up the Cahokia Mounds and enjoy the breeze.
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Photo credit: Danny Wicentowski
Climb up Cahokia Mounds
For a bit of history, a little education and a great view of downtown St. Louis, climb up the Cahokia Mounds and enjoy the breeze.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Danny Wicentowski
Wag your tail at the Ellen Clark Sculpture (and Unofficial Dog) Park
Let the kids (and the dog) run wild at Ellen Clark Sculpture Park. It’s fenced in and lots of fun.
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Photo credit: Stephen Davis
Wag your tail at the Ellen Clark Sculpture (and Unofficial Dog) Park
Let the kids (and the dog) run wild at Ellen Clark Sculpture Park. It’s fenced in and lots of fun.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Stephen Davis
Go fishing at the lake in Carondelet Park
The boathouse on the lake in Carondelet Park is one of the most beautiful spots in all of south city. And all summer the Boathouse Lake is stocked with Channel Catfish and Hybrid Sunfish. But even if you don’t catch anything (or intend to catch anything), it's a great place to have a chill afternoon.
Find out more here.
Photo credit: @pasa / Flickr
Go fishing at the lake in Carondelet Park
The boathouse on the lake in Carondelet Park is one of the most beautiful spots in all of south city. And all summer the Boathouse Lake is stocked with Channel Catfish and Hybrid Sunfish. But even if you don’t catch anything (or intend to catch anything), it's a great place to have a chill afternoon.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: @pasa / Flickr
Ride on our cool biking trails
One of the best ways to get outside and get some fresh air is on a bike. If your kids are of biking age, the St. Louis offers some fabulous paths to roll down this summer.
Find out more here.
Photo credit: Danny Wicentowski
Ride on our cool biking trails
One of the best ways to get outside and get some fresh air is on a bike. If your kids are of biking age, the St. Louis offers some fabulous paths to roll down this summer.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Danny Wicentowski
Climb on the Forest Park Playscape
Just opened this summer, the The Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape in Forest Park is a seventeen acre playground made from natural materials that aims to encourage kids to climb and explore.
Find out more here.
Photo credit: Justin Barr
Climb on the Forest Park Playscape
Just opened this summer, the The Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape in Forest Park is a seventeen acre playground made from natural materials that aims to encourage kids to climb and explore.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Justin Barr
Enjoy fireworks along the Great River Road
Every Thursday night from June through September, Alton and Grafton will be featuring dazzling fireworks on their respective waterfronts. The spectacular light shows will sparkle along the Mississippi in both towns simultaneously starting at 9 p.m.
Find out more here.
Photo credit: Courtesy Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau
Enjoy fireworks along the Great River Road
Every Thursday night from June through September, Alton and Grafton will be featuring dazzling fireworks on their respective waterfronts. The spectacular light shows will sparkle along the Mississippi in both towns simultaneously starting at 9 p.m.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Courtesy Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau
Go for a hike
For a classic breath of fresh air, there’s nothing better than hiking. There’s so much to see and learn out there and an afternoon with nature is great for everyone in the family. Here in Missouri we have an endless amount of great hiking spots, too.
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Photo credit: Steve Truesdell
Go for a hike
For a classic breath of fresh air, there’s nothing better than hiking. There’s so much to see and learn out there and an afternoon with nature is great for everyone in the family. Here in Missouri we have an endless amount of great hiking spots, too.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Steve Truesdell
Hop by the City Garden downtown
This dual-purpose area offers both art and space to play with giant sculptures and lots of space for little ones to run wild in the heart of downtown.
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Photo credit: Micah Usher
Hop by the City Garden downtown
This dual-purpose area offers both art and space to play with giant sculptures and lots of space for little ones to run wild in the heart of downtown.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Micah Usher
Laumeier Sculpture Park
This museum and sculpture garden is 105 acres of outdoor beauty and a great place to trick the kids into taking a short hike through the woods.
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Photo credit: Jaime Lees
Laumeier Sculpture Park
This museum and sculpture garden is 105 acres of outdoor beauty and a great place to trick the kids into taking a short hike through the woods.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Jaime Lees
Visit the Saint Louis Zoo
We’re so lucky to have world-class Zoo in St. Louis. And we’re even more lucky that it is free. If you’re looking to take your kiddos to see the cute animals this summer, reservations are required. But this is actually great news, it keeps the crowds down so you can have maximum fun and minimum wait to ride the train.
Find out more here.
Photo credit: Steve Truesdell
Visit the Saint Louis Zoo
We’re so lucky to have world-class Zoo in St. Louis. And we’re even more lucky that it is free. If you’re looking to take your kiddos to see the cute animals this summer, reservations are required. But this is actually great news, it keeps the crowds down so you can have maximum fun and minimum wait to ride the train.

Find out more here.

Photo credit: Steve Truesdell